Saturday, October 31, 2009

Israel refuses to recognize Kosovo

Israel will not recognize Kosovo as an independent state, confirms Israeli Interior Minister Eliyahu Yishai. During the meeting with the Serbian Interior Minister, Ivica Dacic, Yishai reiterated Israel’s position that there will be no recognition of the unilateral declaration ethnic Albanian separatists made last year in Serbia’s Kosovo province. Israeli officials have confirmed that Israel will remain firm in its stand.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tensions Inside Hezbollah, Assad Using Der Spiegel for Sinister Purposes

by The Reform Party of Syria
The directorate in the IRGC responsible for Hezbollah in Lebanon has sent a letter to Nasrallah seeking an audit of the funds Iran disburses to Hezbollah on an annual basis. No details of how far back the audit was supposed to cover. In the aftermath of the fallout of Salah Ezzedine, the Madoff of Lebanon, Iran is suspicious that funds it disbursed to Hezbollah may have been diverted for personal use. What triggered the letter was the knowledge that ...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Today the first number of the „Journal for the Study of Antisemitism“ was released!

„The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA) is a select group of independent scholars who are interested in examining antisemitism in all its forms. This group is not affiliated with any institution or financially dependent on a single source of funding. We have in common an understanding of antisemitism as a social pathology that must be eradicated.“
Clemens Heni

Europe’s Selective Outrage about Anti-Semitism

by John Rosenthal
There has been much controversy of late about the British Conservative Party’s decision to join the newly formed European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the EU parliament. Most of the excitement has focused on the Polish MEP Michal Kaminski, who was named chair of the ECR group. Kaminski, a member of the Law and Justice Party of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, has been accused of anti-Semitism. For an interview in the Jewish Chronicle in which Kaminski responds to the charges, see here. And for a defense of Kaminski by Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard, see here.
Pollard suggests that the charges against Kaminski are part of a smear campaign designed to associate opposition to an increasingly centralized “federal” Europe à la the Lisbon Treaty with extremism. When one considers that the ECR was founded precisely in order to give greater voice to “anti-federalist” currents within the parliament and that it also includes the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) of the Czech Republic’s famously euro-skeptical President Vaclav Klaus, this account is, prima facie, highly plausible.

We are Witnessing the Muslim's Brotherhood Take on Turkish Foreign Policy

I am often asked these days why Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is so upset with Israel. "It's so dramatic" people say, adding: "Why did the AKP uninvite Israel to Anatolian Eagle" (a NATO air force exercise held in Turkey)? "Is this the beginning of the end of Turkish-Israeli ties that go back to 1949 just as Israel is most worried about Iran?" The AKP's snub follows harsh anti-Israeli rhetoric by party leadership, and an incendiary television series on Turkey's publicly funded TV network that depicts Israelis as cold-blooded and evil. So people ask: "Why is the AKP doing all this now?" My answer is simple...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Why German media ignore Ashkenazi

German media's ignoring of IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi's visit to Germany is a sign of the internal contradictions of the so-called German-Israeli "special relationship." Dr. Alexander Brenner, a former head of the 12,000-member Berlin Jewish community and an ex-diplomat in Israel and the former Soviet Union, expressed disbelief on Tuesday about the feeble German coverage of Ashkenazi.
"Extremely strange" is how Brenner termed the paltry coverage.
That there was scant coverage in the German press on Tuesday after Ashkenazi's robust speech the previous day defending the IDF at the Holocaust memorial located on platform 17 of the Grunewald train station suggests a lack of reception for his core message: "The IDF, the protector of the Jewish nation, is not a warmongering military, but a defensive military," he said.
While Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly stressed that Iran's calls to obliterate Israel are a dire threat to the existence of the Jewish state, many German media outlets write that Iran's statements are empty political rhetoric or the result of faulty translation.
A Forsa Institute poll earlier this year showed that during the IDF's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, roughly 50 percent of Germans considered Israel to be an "aggressive state."
A radical pacifist culture that developed after the defeat of Nazi Germany coupled with anti-Israeli sentiments because of contemporary anti-Semitism plays a role in the failure to understand Israel's security interests. The left-leaning Die Tageszeitung daily devoted a two-page interview in mid-October with a young Israeli who refused to serve in the IDF.

Selective outrage: Islamic world fuming over German who murdered hijab-wearing woman

The photo above is from a protest in Istanbul. Note the flag following the coffin, featuring the swastika and the Star of David. What does demonizing Israel have to do with this case? Why, nothing -- but it is all part of the larger jihad against the West.
The selectivity of the outrage here is stunning. Alexander Wiens has apparently committed a heinous crime, and he should be punished to the full extent of the law. But to pretend that his crime is a manifestation of some pandemic "Islamophobia" is simply political manipulation. Muslim groups in America and Europe need "hate crimes," because "hate crimes" confer victim status, and victim status confers privilege. Victimhood is big business: insofar as Muslim groups can claim protected victim status for Muslims in the U.S. abd Europe, they can deflect unwanted scrutiny and any critical examination of how jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism.
That's most likely why CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating "hate crimes." They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.
But note: while Barack Obama spoke in Cairo about his determination to protect the right of Muslim women in America to wear the hijab, no one is speaking up for the Muslim and non-Muslim women in Islamic countries and in Muslim families in the West who have been threatened or murdered for not wearing the hijab. No one demonstrated for Aqsa Parvez, murdered by her father in Canada for not wearing the headscarf. No one demonstrated for the women killed in Iraq and elsewhere for not wearing it.
The outrage here is selective, and nakedly manipulative.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gul cancels speech to Serbian Parliament

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has canceled his scheduled speech to the Parliament of Serbia because some members of the parliament were planning to ask Gul questions about Turkey’s recognition of Serbia’s Kosovo ...»

Clemens Heni: The Prague Declaration, Holocaust Trivialization and Antisemitism

The Prague Declaration is just the central document of an elaborate propaganda machinery of the Baltic States and their followers in the European Union and further afield. It all started in 1998 with the creation of state sponsored Commissions in the Baltics. The Lithuanian commission was established by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and is called “International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania”.It consists of two subcommissions, one dealing with Nazi crimes, the other with Soviet crimes. One of its members is German historian Prof. Wolfgang Benz of the Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA). Just as a footnote: this center had been criticized for equalizing antisemitism and so called “Islamophobia” last December at a conference in Berlin. Benz obviously has no problem with the antisemitic accusations against former Jewish partisans fighting with the help of the Soviet Union, against the Nazi occupiers of Lithuania and their local fascist collaborators, let alone the fact that Benz is not critical about the commission’s endeavors to equalize Nazism and Stalinism. Moreover, Benz published an article last year of another well known historian, Jürgen Matthäus of the Washington D.C. based United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) where he just lapidary (read: en passant) concisely mentions or even praises that commission (he says: “they make an effort”) without asking questions about the unscholarly attempt to equalize the Holocaust with whatever crimes the Soviets committed in that region.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Objections to Muslim and Homosexual Practices to be Unlawful in Europe

by Paul Belien, Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute
If all goes as planned, the 27 member states of the European Union will soon have a common hate crime legislation, which will turn disapproval for Islamic practices or homosexual lifestyles into crimes. Europe’s Christian churches are trying to stop the plan of the European political establishment, but it is not clear if they will be successful. Last April, the European Parliament approved the European Union’s Equal Treatment Directive. A directive is the name given to an EU law. As directives overrule national legislation, they need the approval of the European Council of Ministers before coming into effect. Next month, the Council will decide on the directive, which places the 27 EU member states under a common anti-discrimination legislation. The directive’s definition of discriminatory harassment is so broad that every objection to Muslim or homosexual practices will be considered unlawful.

Journalist bids to head German Jewish community

The German Jewish author and journalist Henryk M. Broder's announcement last week that he plans to run for the presidency of the 120,000-member Central Council of Jews has riveted German society, provoking a nationwide media debate about the political direction of the council. Broder cited among the reasons for his candidacy that Germany takes quite casually "what Iran's President Ahmadinejad might intend for Israel."
He added, "Our problem is not the last Holocaust, the truth of which is not in question, but the genocide taking place before our eyes in Sudan. We don't need more Holocaust memorials, but an active policy in the service of human rights, without political consideration of economic interests." "He throws his kippa in the ring" was the headline of Broder's article last week in the daily Der Tagesspiegel, in which he argued for a radical shift away from a "fixation on the past" and issued unusually sharp criticism of the central council's leadership.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Legacy of the 1941 Kragujevac Massacre

Germans assemble Ser civilians for execution outside Kragujevac
by Aleksandra Rebic
68 years later, Kragujevac Massacre of Serbian civilians by the Nazis still stands out as a singular examples of man’s capacity for inhumanity.
Following the successful organized uprising, the first of its kind in occupied Europe, by the Serbian resistance forces under the command of Serbia’s General Draza Mihailovich that not only threatened Germany’s southern flank in Europe and her occupation of Serbia after Yugoslavia fell to Hitler in April of 1941, but critically delayed Hitler’s planned attack on the Soviet Union that summer, the Germans retaliated. But it wasn’t in the usual way, man to man, soldier to soldier. The method of Nazi retaliation initiated against the Serbs was unprecedented, and the target was the civilian population. Hitler’s aim was to suppress the Serbian insurgency against the Nazis and to do so by the most brutal means. He intended to literally terrorize the Serbs into submission by going after their most vulnerable citizens, and he decreed his intention via the new “law” in Serbia that took effect in the late summer of 1941.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Racism or Sociology? A Bundesbank Official Stirs Controversy

by John Rosenthal
Earlier this month, German central banker Thilo Sarrazin was relieved of part of his duties at the German Bundesbank after disparaging comments he made about Turkish and Arab immigrants in Berlin sparked controversy and charges of racism. Numerous commentators, including the Social Democratic MP Sebastian Edathy and trade union leader Uwe Foullong, have accused Sarrazin of employing the same style of discourse as Germany’s “extreme right” — i.e., neo-Nazi — parties. Stephan Kramer, the general secretary of Germany’s semi-official Central Council of Jews in Germany, went still further, accusing Sarrazin of forming part of the intellectual tradition of “Göring, Goebbels, und Hitler.” In light of the obvious centrality of anti-Semitism to Nazi ideology and Sarrazin’s pronounced philo-Semitism, the comment is more than a little strange. (Kramer has since retracted the remark.) The Berlin district attorney’s office is reportedly considering bringing charges against Sarrazin for incitement to racial hatred or “Volksverhetzung.”
Sarrazin’s defenders — who are few and far between in the established media and far more numerous on the Web — accuse his critics of taking his remarks out of context. Only a handful of his remarks have been widely cited in the traditional media. These include, for instance, a comment about immigrant families that “are constantly producing more and more little girls in headscarves.” The remarks are contained in a far more wide-ranging interview on the economic problems and prospects of Berlin. From 2002 until April of this year, Sarrazin was the city official in charge of Berlin’s finances or “Finanzsenator.” The full interview, which appeared in the quarterly Lettre International, tops out at over 6,000 words: the equivalent of roughly an 8,000 word text in English.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Iran Symposium in Vienna

December 1st, 2009
STOP THE BOMB will hold a symposium on Iran on Tuesday, December 1 in Vienna. Amir Taheri, chief editor of the biggest Iranian daily Kayhan until 1979, and Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council will give a lecture on the transformation of the Iranian regime and the chances of a regime change. Detailed information can be found on our website.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lectures about Iran in Münster und Erfurt

November 6th, 2009
Münster, 19:00
30 Jahre "Islamische Republik". Der Iran zwischen religiöser Diktatur und Revolte
Panel discussion with Stephan Grigat, Hamid Mohseni and Wahied Wahdat-Hagh
Institut für Soziologie an der Universität Münster, Hörsaal SCH5 Scharnhorststr. 121

November 7th, 2009
Erfurt, 15:00
Iran: Revolte gegen das Regime, die Bedrohung Israels und die Rolle Deutschlands
Lecture by Stephan Grigat
Königin Luise Gymnasium, Melanchthonstraße 3

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Germany: Death to Free Speech - Civil Courage vs. Uncomfortable Facts

by Paul Belien, Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute
Thilo Sarrazin, a Bundesbank director who criticized Turkish and Arab immigrants in a recent interview, has been punished by his employer and may lose his job. Apart from receiving threats by Islamist extremists, he may also be taken to court by the German authorities on charges of “incitement to racial hatred.” For many Germans, however, Mr. Sarrazin, who until last May was Finance Minister in the regional government of the state of Berlin for the Social-Democrat SPD, is a hero. Last week Axel Weber, the president of the Bundesbank, Germany’s equivalent of the FED, needed body guards on an official visit to Istanbul. Normally, the head of the German central bank never travels with body guards, but life at the Bundesbank has changed since two weeks ago. Lettre International, a German cultural magazine based in Berlin, published an interview with Thilo Sarrazin, in which the Bundesbank director criticized the unwillingness of Turkish and Arab immigrants to assimilate into German society. The interview provoked the anger of these very immigrants. Immigrant groups accuse Mr. Sarrazin of espousing the “racist views of the far right.”

Monday, October 19, 2009

Top trumpeters ready for Belgrade concert

Serbia's 100 best trumpet players perform in downtown Belgrade. The concert is organized to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade from Nazi German occupation.

How Turkey was lost

It isn't that Ankara's behavior changed fundamentally in recent days. There is nothing new in its massive hostility toward Israel and its effusive solicitousness toward the likes of Syria and Hamas. Since the Islamist AKP party first won control over the Turkish government in the 2002 elections, led by AKP chairman Recip Tayyip Erdogan, the Turks have incrementally and inexorably moved the formerly pro-Western Muslim democracy into the radical Islamist camp populated by the likes of Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, al-Qaida and Hamas.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Kosovo recognition huge mistake, Schröder

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder says that the recognition of Kosovo is wrong and that it came as a result of strong pressure made by the American administration.
“I have criticized the recognition of independence because it was too soon and forced with great pressure by the American administration,” said Schröder.
Schröder notes that the fact that a large chunk of the world does not recognize Kosovo as independent says that the decision to recognize is wrong.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Chetniks of Yugoslavia

In the January 22, 1943 issue of the illustrated British weekly The War Illustrated, war correspondent and newspaper editor Hamilton Fyfe (1869-1951) reviewed The Chetniks by George Sava, a fictionalized account of the guerrilla resistance movement led by Draza Mihailovich in German-occupied Yugoslavia. The review was entitled “The Chetniks of Yugoslavia”, based on the alternate title of the book, and appeared in the Views and Reviews section, Volume 6, No. 146, page 499. Fyfe had been the editor of The Morning Advertiser, The Daily Mirror, and The Daily Herald. During World War I, he had been a war correspondent for The Daily Mail. A playwright and a novelist, he contributed to The War Illustrated during World War I and World War II.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Peacefully Toward Disaster? On the Western Policy of Dialogue With the Iranian Regime

Lecture and discussion with Dr. Matthias Küntzel
(Political scientist, board member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East - Germany)
Chair: Stefan Schaden (STOP THE BOMB)
Wednesday, November 4th 2009, 7:30 pm
Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Vienna
The Shiite Islamists in Iran do not intend to stabilize, but to topple the secularized world order, which they call “satanic”, and want to replace it with a Sharia-based system of international relations. For this purpose, they need the nuclear program that has so far been developed under the auspices of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The general public believes that the Non-Proliferation Treaty bars those aspiring to have the bomb from getting it. In reality, however, it provides the aspirants with a huge range of possibilities. Bill Clinton was therefore well advised when he denied the Iranian regime any kind of nuclear energy back in the nineties. In 2003, however, the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France and Germany traveled to Tehran and recognized the Iran’s right to use “nuclear energy for peaceful aims” despite massive White House concerns. At that moment it was well-known that Tehran had been violating the control regime of the Non-Proliferation Treaty for 18 years by building secret nuclear facilities. Since then, every breach of the treaty by Iran has earned the regime more concessions by the Europeans and later by the USA, justified with a reference to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Support the STOP THE BOMB campaign in Germany against the Iranian nuclear program: "STOP THE BOMB! Cut off trade with the Iranian regime!"

The nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran has to be stopped - immediately! Its danger is increasing by the day. Iran's nuclear program is a grave threat to Israel's very existance, in fact to the entire Middle East, to Europe and to the Iranian people who are being brutally oppressed.
STOP THE BOMB demands both economic and political sanctions against the Iranian regime which is controlled with iron fists by the islamist-mullahs and the revolutionary guards. Of equal importance to sanctions is the support of the democratic opposition in Iran and in exile. During Ahmadinejad's visit in October 2009 to the United Nations in New York City, thousands of exiled Iranians flew in from the West Coast, from Europe and other parts of the world to express their opposition to the ruthless regime of the mullahs.
Germany is one of Iran's most important trading partners. Two thirds of all medium-sized factories in Iran are outfitted with German machinery, and are therefore dependent on a constant and reliable supply of German spare parts. In 2008 German exports amounted to $5,73 billion - an increase of 8,9% compared to the previous year. The extent and special nature of the German-Iranian business relations indicate that Germany has in fact considerable leverage to exert pressure on the political leadership of the Iranian regime due to Iran's economic dependence on German trade.STOP THE BOMB calls upon the German government to immediately impose effective political and economic unilateral and multilateral measures in order to isolate the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Furthermore STOP THE BOMB is actively involved in exerting public pressure in key sectors of German companies with the explicit purpose of stopping trade with the Iranian regime.

Matthias Küntzel in Vienna

On November 4, 2009 STOP THE BOMB is going to organize a lecture by Matthias Küntzel about the Iranian nuclear program and the Western appeasement in Vienna. Küntzel’s new book was just published by Wolf Jobst Siedler in Berlin: Die Deutschen und der Iran - Geschichte und Gegenwart einer verhängnisvollen Freundschaft

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Albanian separatists in Kosovo erect Clinton statue


Barack Alone -- Obama is more isolated internationally than his surprise Nobel might lead one to believe

by John Rosenthal
As a result of the narrowness of her 2005 victory, Chancellor Merkel had been forced into a “grand coalition” government with Schröder’s Social Democrats and forced to accept Schröder’s former chief of staff, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as her foreign minister. Although less flamboyant than the indicted French diplomat and poet, Steinmeier had been something like de Villepin to Schröder’s Chirac — or perhaps, more exactly, like Chirac to Schröder’s de Villepin. For even if Schröder was the angry public face of the German component of the “axis of peace,” in German policy circles it is widely believed that the idea of going on the offensive against the Bush administration had originated with Steinmeier. Now, however, Steinmeier has himself gone down to a crushing defeat in the German elections. With Steinmeier as their chancellor candidate, the Social Democrats pulled merely 23% of the vote, barely more than half of their total in 1998 when Schröder was first elected chancellor.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hamburg’s Terror Cell

by Stephen Brown
German security tracking Islamists in city where 9/11 was planned....

Obama and the Nobel Prize

By Clemens Heni and Leslie S. Lebl
A common thread running through many of Obama’s words and actions is sympathy for Islam. That may explain why he is so popular in Norway, and in Europe more generally. There, appeasing Islamic jihad is in fashion, and those who dare to criticize Islam are attacked. Take the recent case of Thilo Sarrazin, a former Social Democratic politician in Berlin. He had the temerity to say that, statistically, many fewer Muslims get high school diplomas, compared with other immigrant groups like Vietnamese, Russians or Poles. None other than the Central Council for Jews in Germany accused him of being like “Goebbels”.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guerrilla Supermen: World War II Novels on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetniks

By Carl Savich
The guerrilla movement of Yugoslav resistance leader Draza Mihailovich in German-occupied Yugoslavia created an unprecedented sensation in the United States and Great Britain during World War II. Three major novels were published in 1942 and 1943 on Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas. The first was The Chetniks by George Sava, published in Great Britain in November, 1942.

End of Obamamania? Europe's Tepid Reaction to Obama’s Nobel

by Soeren Kern
After elevating Obama to cult-of-personality status, Europeans now turn against him.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

German President: ‘Monstrous’ Financial Markets Need ‘Taming’

by John Rosenthal
The customary “left/right” political divide in the American sense has little to do with contemporary Germany, where parties from all across the ostensible political spectrum excoriate free markets and chat up the supposedly “protective” powers of the state. In case any further evidence was needed for this proposition, consider the speech given by German President Horst Köhler on Monday to the German Trade Union Association (DGB). (For some earlier evidence, see here.)
The occasion was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the DGB. Dismissing the decisions taken at the recent G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh as inadequate, Köhler described financial markets as a “monster” that needs “taming” and he chastised bankers and traders for what he implied was their personal responsibility for the economic crisis

Winning hearts and minds: Germany sending 1,200 cops to Afghanistan

Western countries have poured billions into initiatives like this in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and they still don't like us. The South African mufti Ebrahim Desai put paid to any good that hearts-and-minds efforts might do a few years ago when he said: "In simple the Kuffaar [unbelievers] can never be trusted for any possible good they do. They have their own interest at heart."

German jihadist threatens to behead British soldiers with 2-foot-long knife inscribed with Koran verse's a book of peace! "Picture of evil: Bloodthirsty German Al Qaeda fanatic poses with 2ft-long knife for beheading British soldiers in Afghanistan"

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Vienna: Revolt in a Theocracy

Revolution & Islam in Iran
Lecture (in German) by Stephan Grigat
October 10th, 2009, 5.30 PM Konzerthaus, Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Vienna

Stop Ahmadinejad!Successful rally against the UN-address of the Iranian President in Vienna

Occasioned by the address of the holocaust denier and President of the Iranian terror regime to the general assembly of the United Nations, about 300 people gathered in front of the opera house in Vienna on September 23. Their protest was directed against the policy of appeasement towards the Iranian regime and against the economic support of the dictatorship of the Ayatollahs and the Revolutionary Guards. The rally in one of the host cities of the United Nations coincided with a number of international protests. STOP THE BOMB, an alliance that has been urging harsh sanctions against the Iranian regime and the support of the opposition since late 2007 had organized the rally which attracted a remarkable number of protesters by Viennese standards. The event was supported by the Liberal Forum, the Greens “andersrum”, the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde, the Democratic Party Kurdistan-Iran and numerous organizations of students, Iranian exiles as well as Christian, Jewish and anti-fascist groups.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Jihad terror cell found in Hamburg, where 9/11 was plotted

An Islamic terrorist cell has been discovered in Hamburg, the city where the 9/11 attacks were planned eight years ago.German intelligence services learned that a new militant group with ten members, headed by a German of Syrian origins, had sprung up in the port city....
The ten members are understood to have left Hamburg early this year to attend paramilitary camps in the Hindu Kush, however, two are thought to have recently returned.
All of them were said to have used Hamburg's Taiba Mosque as a meeting place, the same location frequented by the 9/11 leader Mohammed Atta and his accomplices. They went onto carry out the attacks on New York's World Trade Centre and Washington.


Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center dismissed as "utterly ridiculous" charges leveled today by Tomislav Dragan, president of the extremist HUP (Croatian Cultural Movement), who officially asked the Croatian Minister of the Interior for police protection, claiming that his life was being threatened by the Center's chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff (picture) in the wake of his intention, announced this past Monday, to erect a monument in Zagreb to commemorate Croatia's World War II fascist Ustasha leader mass murderer Ante Pavelic.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Germany: Publisher cancels book on Islamic honor killing over safety fears

"Islamisation refers to small but significant erosions of our freedom, bit by bit, demand by demand, concession by concession." This self-censorship and pre-emptive kowtowing to intimidation is the order of the day, and only reinforces the idea that such thuggery works. Free Speech Death Watch Alert: "Muslim honour killing book cancelled over safety fears"

Monday, October 05, 2009

New al-Qaeda message: "After the election, we say to the unbeliever, Crusader German nation, may poison spill upon you and those who want war!"

Never mind that Germany is in Afghanistan in the first place as part of NATO, and in response to the 9/11 attacks by al-Qaeda's jihadists. Aside from that, the threat is unusually specific -- either spoken in extreme confidence that an attack will go forward, or intended to divert authorities' time and energy and create a distraction from other jihadist operations.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Baader Meinhof Complex

by James Bowman
The title of Uli Edel's The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) suggests a psychological rather than political origin of terrorist violence, and this is borne out by the portrayal of Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), leader of the 1970s German terrorists who called themselves the Red Army Faction, as a borderline psychopath. In general Mr. Edel -- who also, with Bernd Eichinger (Downfall), adapted the screenplay from a memoir by Stefan Aust -- appears to believe that the R.A.F. did not adopt revolutionary methods to create the socialist paradise envisaged by Lenin or Mao; rather, they adopted the then- and, to a somewhat lesser extent, now-glamorous imagery of Lenin and Mao -- and, of course, Che and Fidel and Ho Chi Minh -- as a kind of shortcut rationalization for their revolutionary methods, which they found thrilling for their own sake. Their terrorist murders, including the murders of American soldiers at military bases in Germany, really do seem to have been an example of the contemporary Yippie ideal of "revolution for the hell of it."

Irish Voters Say ‘Yes’ to European Federal Superstate

by Soeren Kern
Irish voters have overwhelmingly approved the European Union’s controversial Lisbon Treaty, a document that will forever change the dynamics of European (and potentially global) politics. The “yes” vote comes just 18 months after Irish voters gave the “wrong” answer by rejecting the treaty in a first referendum.
According to the final results, 67.1 percent of Irish voters approved the treaty, while 32.9 percent voted “no.” Turnout in the three-million electorate was 58 percent.
During the past year, the Irish government has faced intense pressure from an irate European political establishment, which demanded a second referendum that would produce the “correct” answer. Dublin achieved the desired result by playing on public fears over Ireland’s faltering economy, which is expected to contract by a shocking 10 percent this year. It also warned that Ireland would be “pushed out” or “left behind” in Europe in the event of another “no” vote, a disconcerting prospect for a country traumatized by the second-highest unemployment rate in the EU.

Spencer at human rights rally in Germany


Friday, October 02, 2009

Germany: Suspected jihadist arrested, accused of spreading al-Qaeda propaganda and gathering materials for bomb

Germany: Suspected jihadist arrested, accused of spreading al-Qaeda propaganda and gathering materials for bomb
"Searches ...turned up a small amount of an 'explosive substance' and a home-made electronic device."
Uh, it's arts and crafts. You know, like from the bomb-making aisle at Michaels. Everybody has this stuff lying around. "German police arrest man on terror charges,"...

After international criticism about trade with Iran Siemens loses 300 Million Dollar contract in Los Angeles

Last week the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles decided to give a 300 million dollar contract to Siemens´ competitor AnsaldoBreda, an Italian company with expertise in building light rail cars.
Among other reasons, the Munich based company Siemens was criticized for its Iranian business ties. In 2008 Siemens´ exports to Iran amounted to 438 million Euros (=640 million USD). Furthermore, the joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) delivered surveillance technology to the Iranian regime, the very technology which was used in the brutal oppression of Iran's democratic protest movement this summer.
STOP THE BOMB, a German NGO which calls for German sanctions against Iran, had strongly expressed their conviction - along with many other organizations like United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) - that a Los Angeles light rail contract should not be given to companies which have business ties with the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner had also urged Los Angeles County to penalize Siemens for assisting in the violation of fundamental human rights by selling spy technology to the Iranian regime.
STOP THE BOMB was involved in the exposure of the scandalous Nokia Siemens Networks deal as well. In this year's NSN’s January meeting of shareholders, STOP THE BOMB activists asked Siemens CEO Peter Löscher about the sale of the software to Iran. He was forced to confirm that the sale of this spy ware was in fact made by Nokia Siemens Networks.
STOP THE BOMB spokesman Michael Spaney requested that Siemens “follow the example of General Electric and publicly declare of refraining from further trades with the Iranian regime.”
“The economic support of Iran's oppressive regime with Germany’s high technology - from Siemens and from many other German companies, has to be stopped”, said Michael Spaney. The bulk of Iran's economy is owned and controlled by its ruthless regime. There are estimates that about 70% of Iranian companies are owned by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Conducting business with Iran means in fact to directly support a dictatorial and antisemitic regime, which is on the brink of acquiring nuclear power.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Merkel Wins, Iran Loses

by John Rosenthal
Sunday’s German elections could significantly alter the ongoing international negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program, tiling the power balance — against Iran.